Abertay University – 20 Years of Games Powered by Pecha Kucha
Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 8pm. Followed by post-event drinks party, please note this is open to over-18s only.
Venue: Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG
Tickets: Free and limited, please book your ticket here or through the Eventbrite link.
Some of the world’s premier computer games creators will return to Abertay University to present quick-fire talks during a special 20 Years of Games PechaKucha evening.
Designers and programmers from across the globe are part of a star-studded line-up for the free event on Saturday 6 May, celebrating two decades of games education at Abertay.
Held during Abertay Digital Graduate Show – which runs from May 5-9 – the session is being organised by Creative Dundee and all speakers are graduates of the University who have gone on to influence the games industry.
The event will see speakers show 20 images, each for no more than 20 seconds, as they share experiences and journeys since graduating or collaborating with Abertay, charting the history and future of the games scene.
Brian Lawson of Dundee’s Reagent Games, who has worked at a host of studios including Popcap, Realtime Worlds, Ubisoft, and creators of Lemmings, DMA Design, will give a presentation.
Speakers also include (with more to be announced):
Danny Parker – Head of Mobile Technology, Ninja Kiwi
Danny Parker is currently Head Code Monkey at NinjaKiwi Europe based in Dundee. Games have always been important to him, he has been playing games since he was 6, making games since he was 7 and has been trying to get better at both ever since. He was planning to grow up one day, but where is the fun in that? @mono_eric3
Zoe Sams – Tools Programmer, and Board Director, IGDA Scotland
Zoë Sams is a Tools Programmer, a member of the Board of Directors for IGDA Scotland, and a STEM Ambassador. Her passion lies in combining art and code, and she is a strong believer that networking and diversity can only strengthen our industry and push us to continue creating fresh, innovative content. @zoegsams
Timea Tabori – Engine Programmer, Rockstar North
Timea Tabori is an Engine Programmer and the Chair of IGDA Scotland. She is a Women in Games, STEM and Video Game Ambassador working to support those looking to pursue a career in games or find out more about the industry. She is passionate about bringing diversity and new voices to the games industry, building a supportive community and advocating for nuanced and critical discourse about games and the culture around them.
Mona Bozdog – PhD Student, Abertay University
Mona Bozdog is a Romanian second-year doctoral student and theatre maker based in Dundee at Abertay University. Her PhD project, which investigates the potential of interdisciplinary study in the fields of performance and video games, is a partnership between Abertay University, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The National Theatre of Scotland and The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. The project draws on both performance and game design methods to develop hybrid forms of storytelling that blend the unique abilities of virtual and physical environments, bodies, and experiences. She will be talking about her latest project, a site-specific, game-like performance which brought the world of Dear Esther (The Chinese Room, 2012) to life on Inchcolm Island. More about Mona on monabozdog.co.uk. She is always happy to talk about performance, game-like things and playful collaborations so give her a shout @MonaBozdog.
Caitlin Goodale – User Experience Designer, King
Caitlin Goodale is a UX designer and design dilettante, working for King in Malmö, Sweden on experimental mobile games. She graduated from Abertay in 2016, after a meandering educational path that included working as an artist and designer for Dundee’s own 4J Studios (Minecraft Console Editions) and Microsoft (Hololens and Paint3D). Other interests include life drawing, bouldering and procrastinating. You can find her tweets at @caiitlinz and her work at www.caitlingoodale.com
Jess Hider – European Community Manager, Unreal Engine
With a background in art and animation, Jess has worked on games such as the Mario Mashup Pack for Minecraft Wii U and award-winning mobile game Seek: Find Your Friends. Now at Epic, she works with developers across Europe using Unreal Engine to help nurture, support and promote their projects and studios. Alongside her work at Epic, Jess encourages young people into the games industry through talks and workshops as a STEM and Ukie Video Games Ambassador, writes up tutorials for artists using Unreal Engine and is an active member of BAFTA Crew. When not engrossed in making or playing games, Jess is either baking nerdy cakes or out roaming in the Highlands of Scotland. @JessHider
For more information check out #GamesPK or look out for the flyer, the artwork for which was created by Abertay 4th year Computer Arts student Yannic Kawan.